BROOKSHIRE, Texas — 48-year-old Julia Ann Poff was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to transportation of explosives with the intent to kill, injure, and intimidate a person.
This after Poff mailed homemade explosives to then-President Barrack Obama, Texas Governor General Greg Abbott, and the Social Security Administration in Maryland.
In addition to the 120-month sentence, Poff was ordered to three years of supervised released and to pay $9,700 in restitution.
Federal investigators linked Poff to the packages by, among other things, cat hair, an old mailing label, a cell phone, and a salad dressing cap, according to an order of detention and evidence presented in court filings and investigative reports.
A case agent testified Poff was upset with then-Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott because she was not granted child support from her ex-husband. Abbott, now the governor, received and opened the package from Poff. It, however, did not detonate because it was not opened as intended.
The package intended for Obama was intercepted at a White House mail handling facility at Bolling Air Force Base in the District of Columbia. Inspectors opened the package and discovered what appeared to be an improvised explosive device. A case agent, at the time of Poff's initial detainment, testified Poff "did not like Obama."
Poff sent a third package to the Social Security Administration in Maryland because her application for social security benefits was denied.
The package sent to Abbott was linked to Poff due to several factors: an "obliterated shipping label" was discovered on the package addressed to Poff from a previous Ebay purchase; a salad dressing cap purchased for an anniversary dinner was used as a component in the device; incendiary powders used in the device were discovered in Poff's home; and a package of cigarettes was determined to be purchased by Poff.
The package intended for Obama contained a cell phone which was later identified by Poff's daughter as her old cell phone. Additionally, feline hair taped under the shipping label was microscopically consistent with hairs taken from a cat the Poff family cared for or owned. Purchase records also linked Poff to a micro-USB cable box, with the same barcode, as one discovered in the box.
At the time of her plea, Poff admitted she was solely responsible for sending the bomb-filled packages.